The East Campus Discovery Days and Farmers Market is a free community event designed for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are excited to kick off our second season with live entertainment. At the July 9th event, entertainment will be provided:
Emma Harner is a songwriter, guitarist and violinist from Nebraska. To listen to Emma's album, click here.
Jonathan Leach is a Black-American musician and producer based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. A storyteller at heart, Leach produces music that is raw and deeply rooted in human experience. Whether a song includes vocals or is purely instrumental, its complexity invites the listener to lean into what they are hearing.
Jonathan began writing his own songs when he was in 7th grade, because, “It was the most correct thing I could do. It was time to start trying to create, and I wanted to do it desperately—to be a part of the creative process of music. I bought a notebook and decided that was the notebook where I would write all my songs.”
His notebook filled with lyrics has since evolved to score sheets as he composes jazz-inspired instrumentals—weaving lead lines and rhythm into beautiful and compelling opportunities. In his own words, “Music is all about choices. In jazz, you get to make a different choice every time, and that’s what makes it so fun—I’m constantly creating and each performance holds something new.”
When he’s not performing or teaching lessons, Leach shares his love of music with the community as the Youth Music Director at City Impact. Through music, he facilitates a space for them to express themselves and worship. As a full-time artist, he demonstrates for them that with hard work and dedication, you can pursue your creative and artistic dreams.
Today Jonathan is focused mainly on writing, recording, and publishing his original music. His direction has begun to shift from primarily a songwriter and vocalist, to composer and pianist—continually evolving as the world around him does too.
Will Hutchinson is a writer, singer/songwriter, music producer, retired busker, mixing and recording engineer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. Over the last five years he's performed a mix of original and cover music at over 500 events as a featured performer at festivals, clubs, and concert series, as well as providing atmosphere via playing background music at private events like weddings, anniversaries, and corporate functions across the USA.
He's street performed across Europe and for years on the Promenade in Santa Monica, CA where he saw the real Frodo Baggins walk by the converse store, Conan O’brien slathered in sunscreen tip him a fiver, and his future wife stumble upon him as a stranger while he was dressed in bright red suspenders singing Motown classics.
Live entertainment featuring both campus and local performers will be featured in front of Chase Hall during the East Campus Discovery Days and Farmers Market. If you are interested in performing, please contact Jessie Brophy at email@example.com.